KEEPING in view the political turbulence the nation is experiencing these days, there is much pragmatism in the All Parties Democratic Movement leadership's decision to give some more time to the government for the resolution of different outstanding issues particularly that of the judges' restoration and President Musharraf's impeachment. Apparently, there were divisions in the APDM rank and file over how the agitation would be launched. Reportedly, the more hardline sections, particularly Jamaat-i-Islami leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed, were of the view that a nationwide campaign in concert with the legal fraternity must be launched immediately to press the government to fulfil the promises made to the electorate. Others in the alliance, however, were of the view that the present set-up needs a bit of time to straighten things out. For the time being at least, it is good to hear that such saner elements within the APDM leadership have prevailed. That said, the alarm bells continue to ring as the alliance nonetheless has given a call for a national conference to be held later this month to impress upon the government to reinstate all the deposed judges. On the face of it, the APDM's concern over these issues, especially the judicial stalemate, chimes in with the general sentiment on the street. But it sends a chill down one's spine when one views the situation with head and not the heart. The PML-N decision to break ranks with the PPP over its failure to implement the Bhurban Declaration and subsequently quitting the cabinet while at the same time vowing to support it seems like an oxymoron. Imagine the possibility of Centre crossing swords with Punjab. The only happy section in such a scenario is undoubtedly those who want to see the democratic process derailed and in turn strengthen their own grip over the reins of power. It is here that the role of APDM becomes crucial and it is hoped that it would not part with the pragmatism that has up until now defined its philosophy.